Allman Brothers Band Drummer Butch Trucks Shot Himself In The Head

Daily Mail reports that an unknown woman called 911 at 6:02 PM hysterically and that the dispatched officers noted that Butch's wife Melinda Trucks saw him shoot himself.

Butch Trucks, drummer and founding member of Southern rock pioneers the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 69.

Melinda and her son were waiting in the hallway of the condo when responders arrived. He is survived by his wife, four children, and four grandchildren.

Claude Hudson Trucks was born in Jacksonville on May 11, 1947.

The Daily Mail in Britain reported that Trucks was dealing with financial problems, including back taxes of almost $550,000 owed to the Internal Revenue Service, which filed two liens against Trucks' condo.

The Allman Brothers Band were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2012.

Trucks and bandmate Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson were included in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. (Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971.) Songs like "Ramblin" Man" and "Whipping Post" and albums like At Fillmore East, Eat a Peach, and Brothers and Sisters released throughout the "70s earned them a place in the classic rock pantheon.

Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers in 2011. "I've lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. I hope that others feeling the loss can join us in celebration of Butch's music and the joy he brought so many for so long".

"Butch was the Allman Brothers' freight train heart and his sudden death is a shocking blow to the band's entire extended community and fanbase", says Paul in a statement.

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